The brake pads in a car are an essential part of a braking system. They play a major role in ensuring that your car comes to a halt at the right time.
Brake pads are located in the brake calipers and are made of high-quality rubber. When they come into contact with the metallic surface of the brake discs, friction occurs and your car comes to a halt.
However, the constant rubbing of the brake pads against the brake discs causes them to wear so much that you may eventually have problems stopping your car.
There are a number of symptoms caused by worn brake pads. We will shed some light on those symptoms in this article.
Worn Brake Pads Symptoms
Brake pads wear out over time, although they are made of very high quality rubber. Thanks to the friction concept, their service life is relatively short. Friction is the biggest enemy of your car’s brake pads, but it’s not like you can prevent the effects of friction, so it’s better to go with the flow and look for problems rather than avoid them. Here are some common signs of brake pad failure.
Squealing Sound from The Brakes
When the brake pads wear and lose their integrity, contaminants creep in and fill the newly gained space between the calipers and the pads. These pollutants, of which dirt is the most common, cause the brakes to squeal loudly when you press them. If you hear such noises every time you press the brakes, it is time to see the mechanic for repair.
Car Takes Too Long to Stop
The brake pads are the only reason why your car stops. If they’re damaged in any way, you can get into an accident pretty easily. Therefore, it is necessary to have them changed if you feel that your car is taking too long to stop. When you have the brake pads replaced, you will feel the difference between new and worn brake pads.
Due to the nature of their work, brake pads can wear abnormally or unevenly. If you feel a throbbing or pulsating sensation when applying the brakes, it means that you have overused the brake pads of your car and it is time to think about replacing them. Although this symptom is not so common, it can be caused by inferior quality rubber.
Marks on The Brake Rotors
This is probably the last symptom you will see, as it can only occur in extreme cases. Markings on the brake rotor mean that your brake pads are worn so much that the calipers rub against the smooth rotor surface, destroying it in the process.
Testing/Repairing Brake Pads
As soon as you feel any of the above symptoms, you should start some tests to make sure that it is really the brake pads that are at fault or if it is another component of the braking system. There are many ways to test faulty brake pads, but it is best to do tests that are easy to perform. Performing tests that are outside the scope of your understanding will not produce results.
Therefore, the first test you can do to check for brake pad failure is an easy one. All you have to do is to drive your car as you normally do, and every so often, brake hard. Pay attention to any telltale signs of brake pad failure. If you feel or hear any of the above symptoms, you may have a brake pad failure. However, the three major components of a brake system work together, so it can be difficult to determine which of the three components is causing the problem.
Calipers or discs cause the same problems as pads, so it’s best to have a professional mechanic take a look.
If you are successful in finding the problem and can confirm that the problem is caused by the brake pads, it is time to move on to the next step, which is repair. Unfortunately brake pads are not something you can repair. Brake pads are manufactured and forged as one unit, so it’s not as if you can restore them to their original condition. So all you can do is to have old brake pads replaced with new ones. Your nearest certified mechanic can help you with this. So be sure to go to his workshop if you are adamant that you have a brake pad failure, but also if you are not sure: the workshop is a good place to find out about the exact problem.
Brake Pad Replacement Cost
Brake pads are changed so frequently that the suppliers ensure that they are easily available on the market. If you are looking for new brake pads, you will not be disappointed as they are always available. This also means that they are extremely cheap. A brake pad will not cost much money.
The real dent in your pocket is caused by the cost of labor. A certified mechanic will always cost a lot of money. These mechanics train most of their lives, so their experience is undoubtedly very high. Ideally, a professional mechanic should charge you $70 to $100 for his hard work alone. This may seem high, but changing the brake pads is a complicated job as it involves mounting and dismounting the entire brake system.
On the other hand, the brake pads themselves can cost $50 to $100. Your price fluctuation will depend on the type of your car, its model, and your company. Car parts for cars made in Germany are usually very expensive. Also, the amount you pay depends on the number of brake pads you get changed. It is possible that only one of four brakes are affected and you only need to change one set of brake pads, but it is also possible that both front wheels need a brake pad change. If this is the case, the replacement costs are even higher.